JUDGING PLOTS - Cancelled due to Covid-19

Every year plots are inspected and awards given for the best.



Due to Covid there were no prizes during the 2020 & 2021 growing seasons. We had planned to re-instate plot judging during 2022. Unfortunately plot judging takes time and currently the committee just don't have the resources to devote to this in a fair manner. If you would like to see plot judging re-instated then join the Committee!


The criteria previously used are outlined below. 




On the Judgement Day plots are assessed using the following criteria:

  • General cleanliness / weed control [max 20 points]

  • Paths and edges [10 pts]

  • Health and vigour of plants / yield [30 pts]

  • Variety of plants [20 pts]

  • Composting and water conservation [20]

  • Bio-Diversity/intercropping [10]

  • Overall impression and layout [10 pts]

  • Items of recognition, labelling / composting / staking / bio diversity */ inter-cropping and water conservation [10 pts]


5 points will be deducted from the total if the plot holder does not display the plot's number.


Persons involved in judging are allowed to compete but are not able to judge their own plots.

The Society's Management Committee at its meeting on 19 June 2012 agreed that plotholders must not be on their plots while the judges are carrying out their inspection. Plotholders should though stand ready to answer any questions the panel may have.


* Bio-diversity is taken to mean the number of different species of plants and animals (especially native species) found in a specific area, in this case an allotment plot. A key objective of the Society is to promote bio-diversity on the allotment field. Examples of good practice that encourage bio-diversity are to grow plants that encourage a wide variety insects and animals to feed and breed and provide a variety of different habitats such as small ponds or marshy areas for insects and amphibians. Nest boxes for birds and insects are also of value.